Pupil Luke builds WWII shelter

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A youngster has recreated a life-size version of a World War II Anderson Shelter as part of a history project at his primary school.

Luke Lapointe (11) created the shelter with help from his dad David, using wood and corrugated roofing materials.

Other pupils also joined in the project creating models which were put on display at St Machan’s Primary in Lennoxtown.

Primary Seven teacher Hannah Nisbet said: ‘‘The models were excellent across the board. They were fantastic and so creative.

“I asked the children to think about what materials they were using for their models. One even made an Anderson Shelter out of cake.”

While most of the models were of normal shoe-box size, Luke’s creation wowed the whole school.

Miss Nisbet added: “He came in and asked if he could make a big shelter. I assumed he still meant out of paper and said yes.

“His mum sent him to double-check and I still said yes.

“One day he said he had brought it in, but had to keep it in the foyer as it couldn’t make it up the stairs!”

All 27 models were admired by visitors to the school at last week’s parents’ evenings and Luke’s creation will now form part of a permanent display at the school.

Miss Nisbet said: “They were asked to design an Anderson Shelter as part of the World War Two topic.

“It was a personal project to give them independence and responsibility.”

Luke was helped by his dad David (42) who is a joiner.

Mum June said: “David did a lot of the work, but Luke did all the painting and was the supervisor.”

Luke said: “I decided to do something big as I thought it would be easier than cutting up small things.”